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Try before you dye.

RESEARCH by Naturtint, makers of a natural-based hair colourant, has found that almost 80% of 115 salons they surveyed were prepared to dye clients' hair without correctly performing a skin patch test.

It is widely recommended that a skin test must be performed 48 hours before any colour procedure, whether at home or in-salon, in order for any sensitivities to become apparent.

Naturtint's researcher, however, was able to book a same day appointment in 28% of salons recommended by The Good Salon Guide.

A frightening number of salons were also clueless as to how to perform the test with some salons saying that testers would be safe after a 24-hour patch test, which does not allow sufficient time for potential side effects to arise.

Just 20% of salons researched adhered to the correct testing practise.

Some top name salons were happy to carry out colour procedures on virgin, undyed hair without carrying out the skin test.

Naturtint is now campaigning for all salons to perform the skin test and remind consumers of the importance of testing with home kits too.

They have emphasised that it is necessary to perform the test before every colour procedure, as sensitivity to a previously used formulation can arise at any point.

Hormonal disturbances, lifestyle changes or even tattoos can all act as catalysts for a new reaction.

Unfortunately, once triggered a sensitivity can cause lifelong problems. Anyone carrying out a skin test should look for patches of reddened skin, however slight. Even herbal products can cause reactions so all hair dyes should be tested before use.

Advice is available at www.naturesdream.co.uk or from the UK Colour Helpline 0845 601 8129.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2010
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